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The Count of Monte-Cristo (1975)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Drama, History | TV Movie 10 January 1975
A young officer, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.


David Greene


Sidney Carroll (screenplay), Alexandre Dumas (based on the novel by)
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Nominated for 2 Primetime Emmys. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Chamberlain ... Edmond Dantes
Trevor Howard ... Abbe Faria
Louis Jourdan ... De Villefort
Donald Pleasence ... Danglars
Tony Curtis ... Fernand Mondego
Kate Nelligan ... Mercedes
Angelo Infanti Angelo Infanti ... Jacopo
Harold Bromley Harold Bromley ... M. Morrell
George Willing George Willing ... Andre Morrell
Alessio Orano Alessio Orano ... Caderousse
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... M. Dantes
Dominic Barto Dominic Barto ... Bertuccio
Harry Baird ... Ali
Isabelle De Valvert Isabelle De Valvert ... Haydee (as Isabelle de Valvert)
Taryn Power ... Valentine De Villefort


A TV adaptation of the classic Alexandre Dumas novel. Edmond Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he meets the Abbe Faria, a fellow prisoner whom everyone believes to be mad. The Abbe tells Edmond of a fantastic treasure hidden away on a tiny island, that only he knows the location of. After many years in prison, the old Abbe dies, and Edmond escapes disguised as the dead body. Now free, Edmond must find the treasure the Abbe told him of, so he can use the new-found wealth to exact revenge on those who have wronged him. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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The classic tale of romance, revenge and retribution.


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Did You Know?


Lindsay Anderson was offered the chance to direct, but declined. See more »


When the jailers throw the body into the sea from the Chateau D'If, rocks are seen below, but when the body splashes into the water, there are no rocks, only the fortified walls of the Chateau are seen at water level. See more »


[at Danglar's office; Edmond handles a statue of a head]
Edmond Dantes: I am impressed by this head of Imhotep.
Danglars: Imhotep? Yeas, sure...
[gives Edmond a smaller statue]
Danglars: How about this one, mister?
Edmond Dantes: Very ingenious fake.
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Alternate Versions

As with the 1974 made-for-TV "Great Expectations", the European release of this film was more than ten minutes longer than the version that premiered on American TV. See more »


Version of Monte Cristo (1922) See more »

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A Decent Stripped Down Version
22 January 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

This is a nice introduction to the Dumas story. Chamberlain is very convincing count. The greatest strength are the scenes at the Château D'if and the relationship of Edmund Dantes with the old priest who saves him. This is really quite gut wrenching. I know it's not the responsibility of the writers to explain everything historically, but it would have been good to have a bit of the Bonapartist issues and the turmoil in France. Once Dantes finds the fortune and begins his quest for revenge, things get so short on detail, but that is the price of a two hour effort with commercials thrown in. Chamberlain makes a good swashbuckler. Louis Jordan and Tony Curtis do quite a bit of overacting, but that's OK. It's a big book and others have tried to put the story on screen, but this has always been fun for me.

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Release Date:

10 January 1975 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Count of Monte-Cristo See more »


Box Office


$1,400,000 (estimated)
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Color (Eastmancolor) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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